16.2. Background Images

In addition to solid colors, you can specify that an element use an image as its background. To do so, you use the background-image property. This property has the following syntax:

background-image: url("<url_to_image>");

For example, the following code results in the document rendered in Figure 16-4, where the paragraph is rendered over a light gradient:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
  <title>Background Images</title>
  <style type="text/css">
    p { background-image: url("gradient.gif"); }
<p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed
diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna
aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud
exerci tation ullamcorper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea
commodo consequat. Duis autem vel eum iriure dolor in hendrerit in
vulputate velit esse molestie consequat, vel illum dolore eu feugiat
nulla facilisis at vero eros et accumsan et iusto odio dignissim qui
blandit praesent luptatum zzril delenit augue duis dolore te feugait
nulla facilisi.</p>
<p>Background image:<br />
<img src="gradient.gif" alt="gradient" width="400" height="400" /></p>

Background images can be used for interesting effects, such as that shown in Figure 16-5, rendered from the following code:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd"> ...

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